Thousands commemorate Armenian Genocide in Ottawa

25 April, 2018, 19:01 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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"The U.S. people, the U.S. government remain committed to not forgetting what happened 103 years ago, the 1,5 million Armenians who marched to their deaths at the end of the Ottoman Empire", the top USA official said.

The Los Angeles demonstrators waved Armenian and American flags and carried signs reading "1915 Never Again" and "Turkish Denial Must End". Present-day Turkey disputes that the deaths should be termed a genocide and the US government has been reluctant to use the term because of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance with Turkey.

"U.S. credibility on human rights and genocide prevention will be better served when we unequivocally affirm the Armenian Genocide".

The statement was criticized by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA), which accused Trump of "caving in to Turkish pressure".

This year's events were held a day after Sarkisian, who the opposition accused of a blatant power grab, stunned the country by saying he was in the wrong and resigning after 10 days of protests.


With you, we remember April 24,1915 and the murder of 600 intellectuals in Constantinople that evidenced the start of the first genocide of the 20th century.

The statement also called on the Armenian community to not allow those "who are trying to ignite hatred and hostility by distorting [our] shared past", Daily Sabah reported. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Over 25 countries have recognized the Armenian Genocide, including a dozen of our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies the European Union, and, of course, Pope Francis.

"As we honor the memory of those who suffered, we also reflect on our commitment to ensure that such atrocities are not repeated", he added.

Erdogan said Turkey in the future will continue to "share the pain and try to find solutions" to the problems of the country's ethnic Armenian citizens.

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